HEY! This Is Important: Vol. 10
HEY! This Is Important is a (semi) weekly series in which I examine developments in the past week that impact internet culture.
This week, I wrote on the effect the internet has had on creativity. It’s easier than ever to be a digital creator – but never has a creator had so much competition.
It’s not until March 7 (a Saturday), but I’m excited to attend the 2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. You should come by, too. Studies show that Wikipedia editors are overwhelmingly male (90%+!) and that many important, history-making women are not included in Wikipedia, essentially institutionalizing a male-dominated canon. It seems valuable to reverse this trend.
I’ve written many times before why it’s so dangerous to hand over digital verticals to monopolies like Uber… but I continue to be impressed by this organization’s devotion to autocracy.
It’s hardly news there are deep pockets of weirdness among Amazon commentators, but this forum might be the most surprising.
Have you heard the term “internet sexual” before? It’s someone who has little interest in real life sexual relationships, but enjoys controlling an audience through online platforms.
I also learned this week about a completely different kind of internet sexual – chat rooms that flourished in an early form of the internet created by the French government in the 1980, on a device called the MInitel.